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Third Jaguar at every Grand Prix in 2004 19 Jan 2004

Mark Webber debuts the Jaguar R5 at Barcelona, 18 January 2004.

Jaguar have confirmed that they plan to run a third car in Friday practice at every race this year. The team will announce its driver within the next three weeks.

New regulations for 2004 allow teams that finished fifth or below in last season's constructors' championship to field an additional car on Grand Prix Fridays. It is not yet clear how many teams will be taking up the option, but Jaguar will definitely be one of them.

"We will have a third car at every race," said Jaguar Racing's managing director David Pitchforth, speaking at Sunday's Barcelona launch of the team's new R5 car.

Under the new regulations the driver of the third car must have raced in no more than six Grands Prix in the last two seasons. This has ruled out Jaguar's 2003 driver Justin Wilson, who had hoped for a testing role with the team after losing his race seat to Austrian newcomer Christian Klien.

Pitchforth said that Jaguar now has a list of drivers under consideration, but refused to name any of them. He did, however, reveal that the team plan to make an announcement in the next two to three weeks.

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